Mashpee and Bourne Girls Deadlock in Lacrosse Tête-à-Tête

MASHPEE – Bourne’s Tess McCabe and Mashpee’s Erica Caldwell provided the offensive fireworks in Monday’s non-league battle, but when it came time to buckle down, it was the stellar play of both goalies that forced a 13-13 tie between the bordering towns.

McCabe scored six goals while Caldwell netted seven altogether.

Mashpee High School's Jackie Lynch (2) races past Bourne High's Molly Powers in Monday's 13-13 deadlock. Lynch had four assists. Phil Garceau Photo for Sports

Mashpee High School’s Jackie Lynch (2) races past Bourne High’s Molly Powers in Monday’s 13-13 deadlock. Lynch had four assists.
Phil Garceau Photo for Sports

After an explosion of offense through the opening 47 minutes of play, Falcon goalie Cassidy O’Hara, and her counterpart, Bella Powers, each came up with big saves in the final minute to keep the game tied at 13-13.

O’Hara came up with a big save against McCabe with a minute to play, while Powers got a piece of Caldwell’s shot as time expired to salvage a tie.

While overtime is played in league matches for both teams, the game ended in a tie because an extra period was not discussed or agreed upon by both coaches before the game began.

“She’s been playing great the first two games, she’s been outstanding for us,” Mashpee head coach Pat Ball said of his goaltender. “She’s only a sophomore so sometimes she a little timid.”

Throughout the game, both teams used potent scoring runs that led to the high-scoring affair. Midway through each half, the Falcons opened up big leads with bursts of offense, only for the Canalmen to close the gap with runs of their own to close the half.

Bourne’s Sierra Powers netted a hat trick in the effort and Natalie Gordon added two.

But it was Bourne’s 4-0 run over the final five minutes that led to the tie as McCabe and Sierra Powers each scored twice to give the Canalmen their first lead since the first half.

“We took a timeout and said this is what it all came down to, the heart and everything and they kind of took control,” Canalmen head coach Jenna Burgess said. “They got into their groove and the chemistry was there and they took over.”

Caldwell scored the seventh, and most important goal of the  day with 3:09 remaining in the game to tie the game at 13, before the goalies took control to keep the game knotted.

“It happens, it’s kind of the way lacrosse is,” Ball said. “Part of the reason why we got ahead are the same 4-0 runs, it’s the name of the game.”

Bourne's Alex NIckerson (20) gets the ball jarred loose by Mashpee's Kelly Bohnenburger in yesterday's 13-13 tie. Phil Garceau Photo for Sports

Bourne’s Alex NIckerson (20) gets the ball jarred loose by Mashpee’s Kelly Bohnenburger in yesterday’s 13-13 tie.
Phil Garceau Photo for Sports

“My compliments to Bourne, they are a good team, a good program and have been around a long time, so they know when to get the ball to the girl who will score the goals.”

The Falcons scored nine times in the opening half, as their explosive offense used speed to open up the field. In a span of 1:03, Mashpee scored four times, twice from Caldwell along with goals from Christine Ball and Zana Green, to open up a 7-4 lead. Jackie Lynch added four assists for the Falcons.

“The girls are very good at the run-and-gun, I like to slow it down, but sometimes its easer said then done for them,” Ball said. “They like the run and-gun sort of thing and they are good at it.”

After the two squads exchanged a pair of goals, Bourne’s Natalia Gordon scored a pair to go along with a tally from Miranda Partosan to close the half on a 3-0 run, closing the deficit to one at the half.

“Our offense looked good, it was our first game of the season and we’ve only had a week outside so it took us a little bit to get into the groove,” Burgess said. “But they looked good and were taking it to the net.”

Caldwell continued to find the net in the second half, as a pair of early goals gave the Falcons a three-goal lead once again. She closed out her monster game with three minutes to go to tie the game.

“That’s the thing about Erica, she’s tall, fast, and left handed, which makes it very difficult for other teams,” Ball explained.

Both teams are idle on Tuesday, but are in action again on Wednesday. Bourne (0-0-1) will host New Bedford in its home opener at 3:00, while the Falcons (2-0-1) remain at home, where they open South Shore League play against Hull at 3:30 pm.

— Story by Phil Garceau, contributing sportswriter. Follow him on Twitter @pcgarceau. Edited by Sean Walsh, sports editor

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